Irvine, Calif., September 13, 2002
UC Irvine ranks 12th among the nation's best public universities and 45th among the nation's top public and private universities, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of America's leading universities.
The information is published in the 2003 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, which will be available at newsstands and bookstores Sept. 16.
"We are happy to continue to rank in the top tier of public and private universities," Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone said. "Our efforts to expand academic programs, increase major research efforts and attract growing numbers of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students have enabled us to consistently rank among the best institutions nationwide - even while we are still building our full faculty."
For the past 10 years, UCI has been ranked among the top 20 public universities. Last year, UCI shared 10th place among the top publics with UC Davis and the Georgia Institute of Technology and tied for 41st among the best public and private universities with those institutions and Yeshiva University. This year, UCI tied with Pennsylvania State University-University Park in both rankings.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the nation's more than 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities on 16 indicators of excellence, from academic reputation and student retention to graduation rate performance, faculty resources and alumni giving rates.
"With so many excellent schools in the top 20, the rankings shift on the slightest variable," said Michael Gottfredson, executive vice chancellor. "As UCI continues to grow at a fast pace, we'll continue to experience minor fluctuations in some of these areas, but we remain focused on being the very best."
Again this year, UC Berkeley was chosen the nation's top public university, and overall, Princeton University was ranked as the nation's best university among all public and private universities.
Previously, U.S. News & World Report has rated UCI's graduate programs among the top 25 in several categories. The creative writing program is ranked 6th; organic chemistry is ranked 11th; drama and theater is ranked 12th; and the English program is ranked 15th. Since 1995, the following other UCI programs and specialties have been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report: critical theory (1), health care management (9), third-world literature (12), photography (15), 19th- and 20th- century British literature (18), gender and literature (19), experimental psychology (19), cell biology/developmental biology (21), 19th- and 20th-century literature (22), chemistry (28), biology (29), computer science (29), psychology (30), political science (31), physics (31), history (36) and arts (45). The graduate rankings are based on surveys in which scholars rated schools' reputations for scholarship, curriculum and the quality of the faculty and graduate students.